Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Three generations......


Buried at the Union Cemetery, in the country in Union County, Iowa are my  Great Grandparents Charles Burgus, d. 1898, and Elizabeth Ries Burgus. b.1847, d.1911.  I think it is interesting that they died 13 years apart and that the same stone has been given different treatment with the writing of information. I want to visit this cemetery sometime as Charles Burgus has some writing below his name that I want to know.  The two of them had 13 children.  My dad Jesse T. Burgus is standing in the photo, the third generation of those buried there.


One of the 13 children was a son named Charles Thomas Burgus.  That confused me when I was young as the great grandfather and grandfather had the very same name.  He was the chosen one to be named after his dad.  My grandmother's standing in the photo in her wedding dress.  She was Grace Elizabeth Turner Burgus.  The photo is coming from a locally published centennial book of Murray, Iowa made in 1968.  It is a low resolution publication and I can't bring the photo into a sharper form with my photoshop.


I can't screw up the dates on this one as it is sandblasted into granite.  They are buried on top of the hill at the Murray, Iowa Cemetery.  Grace Burgus had parents with the name of Turner, and her mother was an Abernathy.  I have found some interesting reading among my parents things about  Abernathy's as they helped to settle Idaho before it was a state and they lived among the native American Indians. They lived in Slurbie Valley somewhere in Idaho.


Sepia Saturday has helped me to touch the tip of the iceberg.  I have here writings that my parents have received from various relatives and old photos of people that I don't know.  It is just a beginning as I have to get a structured way of recording this started.  I have a few more years to get on it and time will be that I can really dig in to it all.  I have heard verbal tales about Ries', Abernathy's, Turner's, and of course the distant Burgus's.  It makes so much more sense that it ever has before but I do want to take control of it all. But, I still have piles to go and promises to keep. My apologizes to Robert Frost.

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12 comments:

Kristin said...

You keep those news clipings in acid free mylar sleeves, right? Looks like you have years of fun and discoveries ahead of you!

Christine H. said...

The stones all appear to be in very good shape, which is nice. It helps to honor the memory.

Nancy said...

It's good that you have so many papers and photos and written memories to help you with your family history. You'll get control bit by bit. It's interesting to read about your findings as you go along. Thanks.

Barbara said...

And the Burgus story continues. It looks like you're having such a good time with it. It's fun to watch it evolve.

MuseSwings said...

Those are beautiful grave stones and they've held up very well. Good luck with your adventure into your family history!

Marilyn said...

Isn't family history research fascinating - every clue takes you that much further to knowing the story. I love the wedding photo.

Alan Burnett said...

I seem to know your family so well now - those that have gone and those that are still alive. This internet is quite a special thing.

TICKLEBEAR said...

you certainly have much to go on, and more will come... hoping you are the patient kind.
:)~
HUGZ

Abraham Lincoln said...

Most interesting post.

Far Side of Fifty said...

You have the information..you just need to organize it..you are lucky Larry..many people either don't have the information or don't care to have it. You will get it all under control:)

Twinfingers said...

Nice photo collection my friend keep up the good work. I like it.

Crescent Louise said...

This is awesome to keep in touch with your past. There are some women in my family that are on point with this and I'm so thankful. Although I love to learn about my ancestors and look at pictures, I don't have the patience to go through it on my own. Keep up the good work!

xxx C
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